Police K9 ripped from family

Police K9 ripped away from only family that he has ever known

A family has been torn apart after a police K9 was taken from the only family that he has ever known. The fractured family took place after Steve Patterson’s November 6 resignation from his position as the chief of police for the village of Camp Point in Illinois.

Patterson intended to pay for his K9 partner, Poseidon, but that option was pulled from the table.  Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn stated that the dog was city property and told Herald-Whig’s news-gathering partners at WGEM, “at some point we had to take control. You don’t just give away village property.”

After Poseidon was taken from his family, Patterson wrote a post to Facebook:

“POSEIDON HAS BEEN RIPPED FROM HIS FAMILY. Our family’s hearts have been forever broken, my kids are crying so hard right now. They had the Quincy Police Department come pick up Poseidon. Some things are completely UNFORGIVABLE. I have offered to pay full price for Poseidon AND pay for a new dog but they have elected to come take him away from his family. Poseidon has never spent a night outside or in a kennel while with me. I cant imagine what is going through Poseidon’s mind. Please share so everyone can see what these people have done.”

Since that time, a petition has been created asking for the city to allow Poseidon to be purchased by the Patterson family – according to the petition, not only is the value of the dog intended to be paid, but also, training for a new police K9 (click here to read more and sign).

A fundraiser to help cover expenses for K9 Poseidon can be found at this link.

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14 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    And why were they “giving away” village property? The Chief was going to PAY for the dog! Many trained K-9s won’t work with a “new” handler and this dog was part of their family. Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn let Steve Patterson purchase HIS dog and let Poseidon go home and live with the family that loves him! This is ridiculous!

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  2. Debbie says:

    A fallen Modesto California’s policeman’s K-9 is being sold to the officers family and you should be doing the same thing with this dog…..

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  3. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Rules, rules, rules! If the person offered to pay all that money the mayor doesn’t have a leg to stand on, he would NOT be “giving away” city property.

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  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    This is no situation of Poseidon being ‘given away’ – Steve Patterson is willing not only to pay for him, he is offering to buy a new dog for the Police Department – what is the problem with that? This family is bonded with Poseidon and they need to be together – this stupid decision is heartless.

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Poseidon belongs with the Patterson family – their generous offer not only to pay for Poseidon, they are offering to purchase an new dog for the Quincy Police Dept – he is not being ‘given away’ – grow a heart and allow Poseidon to remain with his family. They belong together.

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  6. Cynthia Como says:

    Animals should not be classified as property!!! Who ever thought that dogs and cats….all animals for that matter,should be classified as property like a house,car or clothes had rocks for a brain!!! NO LIVING BEING SHOULD EVER BE CONSIDERED PROPERTY….that is so completely assinine!! This is something that needs to be changed. If this family is willing to paid for Poseidon and pay for a new dog to replace him then how can the officials in this town say that they can’t allow city property to be given away…..this is an untruth! Why in the hell cant people in government ever act like they have a heart…..WHY???? Why can’t decisions and actions ever every be made with compassion,heart,and for the good of all involved….WHY??? Way to much cold hearted,immoral,insensitive and uncompassionate ways drive people in modern day society and I find it very disturbing! ????????I will be praying for this family and Poseidon ???????? This is an awful,sad and insensitive situation! SMH

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  7. Joanne says:

    PLEASE SIGN PETITION TO HELP POSEIDON RETURN TO THE HIS LOVING FAMILY, THE PATTERSON FAMILY. JUST PRESS THE WORD “PETITION” (ABOVE) STORY ABOUT POSEIDON. POSEIDON BELONGS WITH THE FAMILY HE KNOWS AND LOVES. DENYING THIS WILL RESULT IN DISTRESS, DEPRESSION, EXTREME HEARTBREAK AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA FOR THIS INNOCENT PRECIOUS DOG. APPARENTLY, THE DEPARTMENT IS HEARTLESS AND DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL WELFARE AND HAPPINESS OF THE DOG THAT WORKED SO HARD AND LOYALLY. THIS IS NOT ABOUT MONEY, THIS IS A POWER ISSUE. THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD DO THE RIGHT AND MORAL THING, RETURN THIS INNOCENT DOG WHERE HE BELONGS, TO THE PATTERSON FAMILY.

    P.S. IMPORTANT! PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO SIGN THE PETITION (ABOVE) TO HELP POSEIDON RETURN TO HIS LOVING FAMILY. CLICK ON THE LINK “PETITION.” THANK YOU ????????????????????✏️????????????????????

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  8. Pat says:

    This is a disgusting disgrace! Ultimate betrayal and cruelty to this poor dog who served this heartless department. This is a POWER issue, not a money issue. Have compassion and return Poseidon to the family he has known and loved all his life. This should not even be up for discussion, the dog belongs with the Patterson family. Shame on the department that is denying Poseidon a happy and compassionate retirement with his loving family. This is extremely heartbreaking, sad, wrong, and UNJUST.???? Please click on the “petition” link in the story and SIGN petition for the sake of this beautiful loyal dog. Thank you. ♥️????????????????????♥️

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  9. Robin says:

    ???????????????? PRAYING POSEIDON IS RETURNED TO HIS LOVING FAMILY ~ WHERE HE BELONGS. PLEASE SIGN PETITION ~ PRESS THE WORD PETITION. ????????????????

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  10. Claire Vinet says:

    Jerry Gunn is cold hearted, mean-spirited asshole if he refuses to allow Poseidon remain with his family. He has no logical reason for doing this. He’s being cruel to the family and even crueler to the dog. Neither the family nor the dog did anything to deserve this.

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  11. Pamela Bolton says:

    This is UNFORGIVABLE to rip a family member away from the only family he has ever known. Return POSEIDON back to his family. He offered to buy the dog from you and get you another dog. Camp Point Mayor Jerry Gunn What is your problem? This is disgusting for you to treat someone like this. Hope you are voted out of office ASAP. Shame on you.

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